Maine-based songwriter and contemporary folk artist, Tim Winchester was first introduced to the guitar at a young age by his father, a self-taught finger-style guitarist and avid music lover. He spent his early years tinkering around trying to emulate the sounds of his favorite musical influences and local guitar heroes. Tim would eventually go on to play in a small number of music projects, experimenting with a variety of genres until giving up music in 2002 to start a family.
In 2016, after more than a decade of not picking up the guitar, a couple of friends convinced Tim to play a few original songs at a local open-mic night which would spark a renewed interest in performing and a deeper commitment to songwriting and storytelling. Shortly thereafter, he timorously took his music from the living room to listening rooms and has curated a growing collection of songs ever since. A heart-stirring palette of soothing and sorrowful colors, Tim's music has been described as "atmospheric" and "an ethereal landscape of storytelling".
Tim released his first full-length studio album, Into The Open in January 2021 during a lull in his performance schedule due to the pandemic. Co-produced by Winchester and Jason Phelps, Into The Open was recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Co. and mastered at Pat Keane Mastering in Portland, ME with Ellie Begin on cello/piano, Pete Morse on electric guitar, Jason Phelps on bass, and Janice O’Rourke on supporting vocals.
His sophomore album, Northern Lights was released in August 2022. Co-produced by Winchester and Jason Phelps, Northern Lights was recorded and mixed at Acadia Recording Co. and mastered at Pat Keane Mastering in Portland, ME with Pete Morse on electric guitar, Matt Christian on bass, Mike Desrosiers on drums, Devon Colella on cello, Jason Phelps on mandolin, John Jordan on harp and Janice O’Rourke on supporting vocals.
Winchester has since received growing recognition for his songwriting - 2021 Great American Song Contest Honor Finalist (Folk/Americana) for his song "We’re So Lucky" and 2022 International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist (Adult Contemporary) for his song "Northern Lights".
"Tim creates beautiful sound and an incredible vibe…a soundtrack for one's life. We want to claim him as our own Maine songwriter, masterfully crafting lyric and melody, but his music belongs to the world!"
Patty Ritzo (The Barn at Smith Farm)
"Tim is a phenomenal singer-songwriter and performer treating his audience to engaging lyrics, music and storytelling. His songs create an experience of musical immersion leaving listening audiences captivated!"
John Bryson (Flourish-Arts)
Winchester has a deep croon and an affection
for quiet, ethereal arrangements, full of cello and breathy backing vocals."
Sam Pfeifle (The Portland Phoenix)